THE AMERICAN STANDARDS
Synopsis: Finding himself at a life crossroad after marriage problems, Doc Jennings goes to his parents' home to celebrate his mother, Ann's birthday. While family and friends seem to think everything's fine, he notices some dramatic changes between his mother and father, Jack. He stays at their home afterward and learns the dark secrets of his seemingly perfect family. Lies, affairs, and afflictions. Then after a life-threatening accident, the family realizes they have to come together. After bitter fights and twists in fate, the house slowly becomes a home, recognizing....it's never too late.
It is scheduled for release sometime in 2011.
CALL ME FITZ
|Watch for Joanna in the new TNT series HAWTHORNE premiering on Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) Jada Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer heading up a group of dedicated nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital who spend long days and nights on the hospital's front lines. Joining Pinkett Smith in HAWTHORNE is Michael Vartan as Dr. Tom Wakefield, the oncologist who treated Christina's husband and who serves as director of medicine for the hospital. The cast also includes Suleka Mathew as Bobbie Jackson, a fellow nurse and one of||
|Hawthorne's best friends; David Julian Hirsh as Ray Stein, a nurse struggling with being accepted in a female-dominated profession; Christina Moore as Candy Sullivan, a nurse with a unique sense of duty; and Hannah Hodson as Camille, Hawthorne's daughter. In addition, special guest star Joanna Cassidy portrays Amanda, Hawthorne's mother-in-law, who also happens to be a member of the hospital board.|
FOR SALE BY OWNER
The makers of
“For Sale by Owner” have announced their cast. Kris Kristofferson, Tom Skerritt, Rachel Nichols (“Alias”), Frankie Faison (“The Wire”), Skeet Ulrich (“Jericho”),
Scott Cooper (“Broken Trail”), Forrest Sawyer and James Keane will star. The cast also features Natchitoches resident Joanna Cassidy and Louisiana musician Mark Adam.
The movie will begin shooting April 17 at the Magnolia Plantation near Natchitoches. It is being produced by the Robert Duvall’s Butcher’s Run Films and Shreveport-based Port Pictures. The movie will be directed by Bob Wilson. He worked as a line producer on “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” which was also shot in Natchitoches.
It is the first project for Port Pictures. Rudy Hines, an executive producer with the company, is thrilled about his stars. “We feel like we got a $10 million cast,” Hines said. “The script is just unbelievable. It’s a mystery-thriller. Everybody’s so excited about this.”
"Momma" is a New
Orleans-based drama following French Quarter prostitution which Joanna is producing from Picture Show Entertainment. "Momma" depicts 40 years of sex, murder and madness in Sin City, South. The New Orleans'
District Attorney is determined to bring justice to an infamous, old murder case: the King of the Krewe's 1920 death. He struggles to separate fact from fiction as
Momma's re-telling brings revelations that forever change 'the quarter.' Check back for more details.
This film is a coming of
age story set in a small town where three friends must battle outside forces in their school and community during their last year of high school. The film also
stars Bil Moseley, Samm Levine and Scott Gerard (who also serves as executive producer), and had its world premiere at the Independent Film Festival in Atlanta, GA on
March 15, 2007. There are plans for the film to also be screened at the Atlanta Film Festival in April, 2007. Check back for more details.
KISS THE BRIDE
Joanna has finished filming this independent film, also starring Tori Spelling, Tess Harper, Phillip Karner and James O'Shea. Directed by C. Jay Cox, from Here Films, based on a script by Ty Lieberman, it is scheduled for a November 2007 release in theaters and on !here Networks.
Synopsis: Matt (Philipp Karner), a magazine executive, is in the midst of producing a big gay wedding issue when he learns that his high school sweetheart, Ryan (James O'Shea), is about to get hitched to bodacious Alex (Tori Spelling). It's been 10 years since he fled his hometown, but Matt returns to rescue Ryan from making a dire mistake. He arrives during Alex's bachelorette party, is mistaken for a stripper and the fun begins! Matt's attempts to rekindle his old flame with Ryan, while striking up a close friendship with Alex, prove a comic goldmine. As the wedding day approaches, the past collides with the present, unearthing a host of secrets that ultimately leads each character to discover what's right and true for him, for her - and for them.
Outfest Screenwriting Lab honors an original project,
Ty Lieberman’s romantic comedy, Kiss the Bride, which marks the first time that an original project of the Outfest screenwriting lab, a program
designed to nurture outstanding LGBT-themed screenplays and emerging screenwriters, has been produced. The film stars Tori Spelling and Joanna
Cassidy and is directed by C. Jay Cox, produced by Shadow Factory and executive produced by here! Films. It closed this year's film
festival with a world-premiere screening and reception. Outfest, the nation’s leading
LGBTQ film festival and the oldest continuously running film festival in Los Angeles, it celebrated its 25th anniversary from July 12-23rd, 2007.
For more information, go to www.outfest.org.
SAG BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joanna has been nominated for a three year
term as a board member for the Hollywood Division of the Screen Actors Guild
beginning Sept. 25, 2006.
58th EMMY NOMINATIONS
Joanna was nominated for an Emmy for Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Margaret Chenowith in HBO's SIX FEET UNDER. Here's what Joanna has to say about the nomination: "I'll cut to the chase: I deserved it, I feel like I'm floating on air. We all just put in such hard work, and the show is so incredible in so many different ways, from the writing and style, and the people are just amazing. It does kind of wrap it up for me. I'm going to go for a swim - naked - and I'm going to, in every private moment, leap around and hug myself. I'm planning on having a beautiful day."
Here are some photos of Joanna from the awards show.
THE GRUDGE TWO
Joanna filmed THE GRUDGE TWO in Tokyo, Japan. The feature film also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamlyn and Jennifer Beals.
Synopsis: From Sam Raimi and Columbia Pictures comes the eerie thriller The Grudge 2, which explores the dark secrets behind the revenge-seeking grudge's wrath as the terrifying supernatural curse is unleashed on a group of seemingly unrelated victims, moving out of the burned-out house and spreading everywhere. The much-anticipated sequel to the 2004 hit The Grudge, which earned over $188 million in worldwide box office receipts, stars Amber Tamblyn, with Sarah Michelle Gellar returning briefly in the memorable role of Karen, once again under the direction of Takashi Shimizu, from a screenplay written by Stephen Susco. The producers are Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise.
The Grudge 2 carries the infectious, vengeful curse forward as it attacks a
group of seemingly unrelated individuals:
Aubrey Davis (AMBER TAMBLYN) discovers from her bed-ridden mother, Mrs. Davis (JOANNA CASSIDY), that her sister Karen is in a hospital in Japan. She also finds out that Karen is under investigation for the death of her boyfriend in a fire she started in a house located in Tokyo. Since Mrs. Davis is too ill to make the trip, she asks Aubrey to go to Tokyo and bring her sister home. Shortly after she arrives in Tokyo, reporter and photographer, Eason seeks out Aubrey to warn her that her sister, Karen, is in the thrall of something unseen and dangerous. Allison attends an international school in Tokyo. Desperately trying to fit in with the school's “in” crowd, Vanessa and Miyuki, she is willing to do anything they ask to get in good with them - even if it means going into a mysterious burned-down house, which was the site of several unexplained murders and strange disappearances. The young introverted Jake isn't happy that his widowed father Bill is engaged to Trish. Still mourning the death of his mother, he cannot understand why his older sister Lacey gets on so well with their soon-to-be stepmother. He also doesn't understand why one of his next-door neighbors is being so elusive. It seems that everyone in his apartment building is acting stranger and stranger. One by one, they are infected by the malevolent curse known as “The Grudge,” which is quickly moving out of the burned-down house in Tokyo and spreading to everyone who crosses its path.
Japanese actress Takako Fuji reprises her role as the terrorizing Kayako, Ryo Ishibashi returns in a cameo as Detective Nakagawa and nine-year-old Ohga Tanaka takes on the role of the tortured Toshio. Edison Chen (Infernal Affairs), Arielle Kebbel (Aquamarine), Teresa Palmer (December Boys), Sarah Roemer (upcoming Disturbia), Jenna Dewan (Take the Lead), Matthew Knight (The Greatest Game Ever Played), Christopher Cousins (Wicker Park), Jennifer Beals (“The L Word”) and Joanna Cassidy (“Six Feet Under”) make up the rest of the ensemble cast.
Sam Raimi and Columbia Pictures Present A Ghost House Pictures Production The Grudge 2 starring Amber Tamblyn, Arielle Kebbel, Jennifer Beals, Edison Chen, Sarah Roemer and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The film is directed by Takashi Shimizu from a screenplay written by Stephen Susco, based on JU-On: The Grudge written and directed by Takashi Shimizu. The producers are Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise. The executive producers are Joe Drake, Nathan Kahane, Roy Lee and Doug Davison. The co-producers are Michael Kirk, Drew Crevello and Shintano Shimosawa. The director of photography is Katsumi Yanagijima. The production designer is Iwao Saito. The editor is Jeff Betancourt. The costume designer is Kristin M. Burke. The music is by Christopher Young. The visual effects supervisor is Hajime Matsumoto.
The Grudge 2 has been rated TK by the Motion Picture Association of America for TK.
It is scheduled for release on Oct. 13, 2006. The movie trailer has been recently released. Look for it in theaters during Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Click here to visit their official website, and view a trailer of the film.
|The Grudge 2 will be released on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Feb. 6, 2007 in two versions. The PG-13 Theatrical DVD will include these featurettes: East Meets West, Grudge 2: Storyline Development, Ready When You Are, Mr. Shimizu, Reel Change Montage and Deleted Scenes. The Unrated DVD will include: East Meets West, Grudge 2: Storyline Development, Ready When You Are, Mr. Shimzu, Reel Change Montage, Deleted Scenes, Extra Footage Too Scary to Be Shown in Theaters, Tales From the Grudge with Sam Raimi Introduction, Holding a Grudge: Kayako & Toshio and Deleted Scenes.||
BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT
In honor of its 25th anniversary, Ridley
Scott will be offering up BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT, first launching theatrically Oct. 5 in L.A. and New York and then debuting Dec. 18 on DVD, Blu-ray and HD
The limited theatrical run of the NEW DVD version began Oct. 5 in New York and Los Angeles. Engagements expanded Oct. 26 in Seattle; Washington, D.C.; Portland, OR; and Salt Lake City. The film opens Nov. 5 in Chicago; Santa Barbara, CA; and Baltimore, with more cities to follow.
The cast and filmmakers attended a red carpet screening of the film Dec. 9 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles as part of the Jules Verne Adventura Film Festival, which honored director Ridley Scott and his crew with an award for the film's restoration.
Scott has gone back into post-production to create the long-awaited, definitive version of this post-apocalyptic, dystopian vision of L.A., digitally
restored and re-mastered from original elements and scanned at 4K resolution. The final cut of BLADE RUNNER will contain never-before-seen added/extended
scenes, added lines, new and improved vfx, director and filmmaker commentary, an all-new 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track and more.
Simultaneous HD DVD and Blu-Ray versions (each $TBD) of the Deckard Briefcase will also be released in numbered, limited quantities. HD DVD and Blu-Ray 5-Disc
Digi Packs with collectible slipcase (each $TBD) will include all of the UCE content.
Additionally, two of the collections (4- & 5-Disc) will include an entire disc with hours of enhanced content containing featurettes and galleries devoted to more than 45 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes recently discovered in deep storage and approved by Scott, visual effects as well as background on author Philip K. Dick, script development, abandoned sequences, conceptual design, overall impact of the film and how it lead to the birth of cyberpunk. Trailers, TV spots and promotional featurettes will also be included.
Among some of the fascinating factoids talked about in the special features:
* Notable actual locations were used to reflect 2019 Los Angeles, such as Union Station, 2nd Street tunnel and the Bradbury building.
* The top of Police Headquarters is actually part of the Mothership from CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.
* In the last scene, Hauer made the jump between buildings himself.
* In the fight scene between Hannah and Ford, she pulled his nose so hard that his nose actually bled afterwards.
* Holding a dove, and letting it fly away, in the last scene was never in the script, but rather Hauer's idea when filming the scene.
* DANGEROUS DAYS was originally the title of the script.
Said Scott: "THE FINAL CUT is the product of a process that began in early 2000 and continued off and on through seven years of intense research and meticulous restoration, technical challenges, amazing discoveries and new possibilities. I can now wholeheartedly say that BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT is my definitive director's cut of the film."
Two-disc bonus features also include:
* Commentary by Scott
* Commentary by exec producer/ co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher and co-screenwriter David Peoples; producer Michael Deely and production executive Katherine Haber
* Commentaries by visual futurist Syd Mead; production designer Lawrence G. Paull, art director David L. Snyder and special photographic effects supervisors Douglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich and David Dryer
Four-disc bonus features include: three additional versions of the film (1982 theatrical, international and 1992 director's cut), as well as an Enhancement Archive bonus disc of enhanced content that includes 90 minutes of deleted footage and rare or never-before-seen items in featurettes and galleries that cover the film's history, production teams, vfx, impact on society, promotional trailers, TV spots and much more.
Five-disc bonus features include rare 1982 workprint plus a unique digi-package with handle, which is a stylish version of Rick Deckard's own briefcase, individually numbered and in limited supply. Included is a lenticular motion film clip from the original feature, miniature origami unicorn figurine, miniature replica spinner car, collector's photographs as well as a signed personal letter from Scott.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS NOMINATION
Congratulations to Joanna, as well as the cast of HBO's SIX FEET UNDER, for their nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Awards Ceremony were held on Jan. 29, 2006.
THE AMERICAN STANDARDS
Joanna has just finished filming this
Synopsis: Finding himself at a life crossroad after marriage problems, Doc Jennings goes to his parents' home to celebrate his mother, Ann's birthday. While family and friends seem to think everything's fine, he notices some dramatic changes between his mother and father, Jack. He stays at their home afterward and learns the dark secrets of his seemingly perfect family. Lies, affairs, and afflictions. Then after a life-threatening accident, the family realizes they have to come together. After bitter fights and twists in fate, the house slowly becomes a home, recognizing ... it's never too late.
Award-winning actress Joanna Cassidy guest-starred in a three-episode arc of “Boston Legal,” which aired this past season. Joanna played Beverly Bridge, a fifty year-old attractive predator trolling for her second husband amongst her high-net-worth peers. She steals the heart of the firm’s partner, Denny Crane, at a charity dinner. W
||BOSTON LEGAL SEASON TWO, which includes all of Joanna's episodes, was released on Nov. 21, 2006 from 20th Century Fox. The DVD set includes all 27 episodes on seven discs, and two featurettes: 'Legal Pad: The Words of Boston Legal' and 'The Look of Boston Legal'.|
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
Joanna has just finished filming this feature film, which was released on March 24, 2006 from Lions Gate. Released on DVD from Paramount on Aug, 8, 2006.
Synopsis: Irreverent as ever, Larry plays a big city health inspector who's happy with his usual beat of greasy spoon diners and low-rent ethnic restaurants. But his easygoing life is turned upside-down when he’s saddled with a straight-arrow rookie partner and assigned the biggest case of his career: investigating an outbreak of mysterious food poisonings at the city's swankiest restaurants. Infuriating restaurateurs with his bad manners, Larry still manages to charm a sweet, shy waitress into a budding romance. But when his unorthodox methods cost him his job, Larry has to go undercover to bring the conspirators to justice and 'Git-R-Done!'
BUFFALO BILL COMES TO DVD
Lions Gate Released the complete series on DVD on Sept. 6, 2005
Bill Bittinger (Dabney Coleman), a small town host of a local talk show in Buffalo, NY, is trying to make it in the big leagues. He is obnoxious, insensitive, hypocritical and will do whatever it takes to succeed. He makes life miserable for his producer Karl Shub (Max Wright) and his calm, competent, talented co-host Jo Jo White (Joanna Cassidy). Unable to keep Bill under control, they bring in Wendy Killian (Geena Davis) to keep a watchful eye. With its biting satire and wonderful supporting cast, "Buffalo Bill" is known as one of the most daring and controversial comedies - keeping audiences talking for its entire run. This is the complete collection of this early '80s classic at a great value: DVD set contains the complete first and second seasons, 26 episodes and approximately 630 minutes of programming in a 3-disc set.
THE READING ROOM
“The Reading Room,” a two-hour Hallmark Original Television Movie Event, is the story of humanity, dignity and one man’s legacy. “The Reading Room” stars James Earl Jones, Georg Stanford Brown, Joanna Cassidy, Keith Robinson, Douglas Spain and Kathryne Dora Brown.
Synopsis: Making good on a promise he made to his dying wife, a widower opens a reading room, a place where people can learn to read. Despite his goodwill, problems in the neighborhood threaten his establishment.
"The Reading Room" premiered on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 9:00 PM, with repeats at 10:45PM and on Sunday, at 12:45AM. Released on home video from MTI on Oct. 24, 2006.
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